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It’s finally here, football fans. Cross your fingers and hold your breath because the potential future of your favorite team is at stake.
This week the National Football League will host its 81st annual draft. Starting this Thursday, all 32 NFL franchises will get their opportunity to snag newly eligible talent. The action will take place in the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago Illinois.
Round one will be kicked off by the Los Angeles Rams followed by the Philadelphia Eagles who have the first and second pick respectively. After trading into the top two positions both teams are looking for a quarterback and it has become the common prediction that the Rams will select Jared Goff from Cal and the Eagles will end up with North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.
Despite having the number one pick, the Los Angeles Rams are actually among the teams with the lowest amount of picks with five. The Atlanta Falcons also have five picks. The teams with the most picks are the San Francisco’s 49ers and the Cleveland Browns, both with 12 picks each.
On the first day of action, there will only be 31 picks in the first round because of the punishment that the New England Patriots obtained from their involvement with Deflategate. The Patriots will make their first selection in the second round, 60th overall.
This years draft is headlined by the two quarterbacks Goff and Wentz but there are many different highly touted prospects available. Joey Bosa, Deforest Buckner, Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley feature a tough interior line of prospects. Defensive playmakers Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack expect to be taken in the top ten. Top runner from Ohio State Ezekiel Elliott and big time red zone threat Laquon Treadwell have teams begging for their services on the offensive side of the ball. Injury and character concerns are putting question marks on several skilled prospects such as Robert Ndemdiche, Noah Spence, Karl Joseph and Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame.
Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into ESPN or the NFL Network for all draft coverage. First round will air starting Thursday at 5 p.m. Second and third round coverage starts Friday at 4 p.m. and the draft will conclude with Rounds 4-7at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The STAR asked around campus to see which athletes the students of Noma Nation want their team to add in the first round of the draft.
- Taylor Orht, sophomore communications major
- Siena Falvo, junior art history major
- Mike Stadler, junior communications major
-Jeff Zane, Junior Communications
-Indigo Davis, freshman early childhood studies
“The 49ersshould draft defensive lineman DeForest Buckner from Oregon. He is the most disruptive interior defensive presence in the draft. He’s tall, long, and thick enough to stack and shed multiple blockers in one play. The 49ers need to rebuild their roster from the inside out and Buckner is the best start to do so.” -Jerod Brown, senior, hutchins major